The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled.
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Thursday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.)
GIMME SHELTER (Cinema 5 Distributing, 1970 – R-rated *)
This astounding documentary follows the Rolling Stones on the last ten days of their 1969 North American tour which ended with a disastrous day-long free concert in northern California. Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles (whose 1976 documentary “Grey Gardens” is on the National Film Registry), along with Charlotte Zwerin, began shooting at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend. The anticipated concert tour documentary soon turned into something more complicated and disturbing when a camera caught the stabbing of a concert-goer by one of a group of Hells Angels, who were acting as security guards. Film essayist Amy Taubin calls “Gimme Shelter” a masterpiece of restraint and understatement. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 91 minutes
Friday, November 20 (7:30 p.m.)
SOUL! (WNET/PBS, 1967-1971)
A pioneering variety television show showcasing African American music, dance and literature, “Soul!” was produced by New York City PBS affiliate, WNET. Performances selected for this program were drawn from fourteen different episodes of “Soul!” and many have not been seen since their original broadcast. They include Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Bill Withers, Al Green, McCoy Tyner and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Dr. Gayle Wald, author of “It's Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television” (Duke University Press, 2015) will introduce the program.
Color, approximately 120 minutes
Saturday, November 21 (7:30 p.m.)
LET IT BE (United Artists, 1970)
In this rarely seen documentary, the Beatles are shown rehearsing songs for their album “Let it Be” at Twickenham Film Studios, followed by an unannounced concert on the rooftop of their Apple headquarters in London. Joined by Billy Preston, they perform "Get Back," "Don't Let Me Down," "I've Got a Feeling," "One After 909," and "Dig a Pony," intercut with reactions and comments from surprised Londoners gathering on the streets below. It would be the last time the Beatles ever performed together in public. Although the film does not dwell on the discord within the group at the time, it provides some glimpses into the dynamics that would lead to the Beatles' break-up. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr collectively won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the film. The film has not been officially available since the 1980s.
Color, 80 minutes
Thursday, December 3 (7:30 p.m.)
LOVE ACTUALLY (Universal, 2003 – R-rated *)
The intertwining stories of more than twenty characters in London, England are followed during the busy month leading up to Christmas in this romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film received BAFTA nominations for Best British Film and Best Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson) and a win for Best Supporting Actor (Bill Nighy) who brilliantly portrays aging rock star Billy Mack. Also in the ensemble cast are Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley and Rowan Atkinson. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 135 minutes
Friday, December 4 (7:30 p.m.)
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (MGM, 1940)
This romantic comedy, one of director Ernst Lubitsch's most enduring works, takes place almost entirely within a store in Budapest shortly before World War II. James Stewart is the earnest, slightly awkward head salesman; Margaret Sullavan is the novice clerk who gets under his skin. What neither realizes is that they’re pen pals who have just begun to fall in love through each other's letters. As the romance develops, Lubitsch uses point of view to let the audience in on each character’s experiences at just the right moment to heighten anticipation and empathy. The film was remade in 1949 as “In the Good Old Summertime” and in 1998 as “You’ve Got Mail.” It was named to the National Film Registry in 1999.
Black & white, 99 minutes
Saturday, December 5 (2 p.m.)
LADY AND THE TRAMP (Disney/Buena Vista, 1955)
Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel belonging to Jim Dear and his wife Darling, runs away from her comfortable home after the arrival of a new baby, soon followed by the insufferable Aunt Sarah and her two malicious Siamese cats. She runs into Tramp, a free-spirited outdoor mutt, and the two share an unlikely romance and adventure despite their differences. This was Disney’s first full-length cartoon based on an original story rather than an established classic and was the studio’s first Cinemascope animated feature. In addition to outstanding animation and visual effects, "Lady and the Tramp" features several memorable songs written by Sonny Burke and recording artist Peggy Lee. In the film, Lee sings: "He’s a Tramp," "La La Lu," "The Siamese Cat Song" and "What Is a Baby?"
Color, 76 minutes
Thursday, December 10 (7:30 p.m.)
THE LEMON DROP KID (Paramount, 1951)
Bob Hope stars as The Lemon Drop Kid, a small-time New York City swindler who is illegally touting horses at a racetrack. When he accidentally cheats a notorious gangster, the Kid must scramble for a way to repay his looming debt by Christmas. With the help of his girlfriend (Marilyn Maxwell), the quick-thinking Lemon Drop Kid and his gang launch a scam using Santa suits to raise money for homeless women. The film introduced the now-classic holiday tune "Silver Bells" written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. This holiday comedy directed by Sidney Lanfield is based on a story by Damon Runyon.
Black & white, 91 minutes
Friday, December 11 (7:30 p.m.)
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Paramount, 1954)
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as a top song-and-dance act who accompanies Betty and Judy Haynes, a pair of sister entertainers (played by Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney) to the Columbia Inn in Vermont where the women are scheduled to perform over the Christmas holidays. They arrive to discover that the inn is run by the boys' former WWII commanding officer who is about to go out of business due to a lack of snow. The foursome decides to put on a show to save the establishment. Michael Curtiz directed this Technicolor Christmas classic that features Irving Berlin songs "Sisters," "Snow," "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me," the Oscar-nominated "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and of course "White Christmas."
Color, 120 minutes
Saturday, December 12 (2 p.m.)
CHRISTMAS TELEVISION SPECIALS (1965 -1979)
A trio of animated Christmas specials, digitally preserved by the Library of Congress Video Preservation Lab will be shown on the big screen, with the much loved “A Charlie Brown Christmas” kicking off the matinee program. Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. It went on to win both an Emmy and a Peabody Award and the soundtrack album by Vince Guaraldi was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 and added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings in 2012. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (CBS, 1966), directed by Chuck Jones and based on the children's book by Dr. Seuss, features the voice of Boris Karloff as both the narrator of the film and the speaking voice of The Grinch. The final selection is “Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales” (CBS, 1979), featuring Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in three newly created cartoon shorts with seasonal themes. Mel Blanc provided the voices of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Tasmanian Devil and Santa Claus.
Color, 75 minutes
Saturday, December 12 (7:30 p.m.)
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (RKO, 1946)
Director Frank Capra created a holiday favorite with this story of a once ambitious young man George Bailey (James Stewart) who sacrifices personal adventure to stand up against the despot Potter who tyrannizes his small hometown (Lionel Barrymore). When it looks like Potter has finally beaten him, George wishes he'd never been born and an apprentice angel (Henry Travers) grants his wish. Shown the bleak parallel universe that might have been, George recants his wish and is restored just in time to see his family and friends come to his aid against Potter. Suggested by a short story written as a Christmas card by author and historian Philip Van Doren Stern, Capra and writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett crafted the screenplay for this film which has become synonymous with Christmas. The film—named to the National Film Registry in 1990 - also stars Donna Reed, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi.
Black & white, 130 minutes
Thursday, December 17 (7:30 p.m.)
WE’RE NO ANGELS (Paramount, 1955)
Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov play three escaped inmates from Devil's Island who concoct a plan to steal from a shopkeeper on Christmas. Their plans change when they find themselves growing to like their target and his family. Besides, the luckless merchant’s business is failing and he is about to lose his shirt. So the men decide instead to help out by fixing up the place and bringing in more customers. Michael Curtiz directed this comedy that costars Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone and Leo G. Carroll.
Black & white, 106 minutes
Friday, December 18 (7:30 p.m.)
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (20th Century-Fox, 1947)
This holiday favorite written and directed by George Seaton depicts a kindly old man calling himself Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) who is hired as the Macy's department store Santa. The trouble is he thinks he really is Santa Claus. When he meets the young daughter (Natalie Wood) of the store's personnel manager (the late Maureen O'Hara), he endeavors to teach the girl to become a normal, imaginative child instead of the miniature adult raised by her no-nonsense mother. To avoid being sent to an asylum for life, Kringle goes on trial to prove he's Santa and is defended by a sympathetic attorney (John Payne). This delightful comedy-fantasy won Oscars for best Original Story, best screenplay and best supporting actor for Edmund Gwenn. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 2005.
Black & white, 96 minutes
Saturday, December 19 (2 p.m.)
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (United Artists, 1965)
This epic religious spectacle is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. Directed by George Stevens, it features an all-star cast with the principal role of Jesus compellingly played by Swedish actor Max von Sydow. Filmed in Death Valley and in Utah, Nevada and Arizona, the production garnered Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects. Claude Rains appears as Herod in his final film appearance. Also in the cast are Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Jose Ferrer, David McCallum, Van Heflin, John Wayne and Roddy McDowall.
Color, 225 minutes
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